Night time restrictions on Castlepollard Low Level Public Water Supply Scheme continue

Irish Water, working in partnership with Westmeath County Council, is advising customers supplied by Castlepollard Low Level Public Water Supply Scheme that night-time restrictions will continue for a further two nights due to increased demand and a drop in reservoir levels.

The restrictions will be in place tonight Thursday 22 July from 11pm to 6am on Friday and from 11pm on Friday until 6am on Saturday.

Customers are reminded that it may take 2-3 hours for normal water supply to return to all customers following restoration time but it is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand-washing.

The areas affected include Castlepollard, Delvin, Raharney, Coole, Drumcree, Whitehall, Bracklyn and surrounding areas. Customers on the Castlepollard High Level Scheme (Collinstown and Fore) and customers on the Low Level Scheme served by the Ballinlough and Brownstown Reservoirs, including Clonmellon, Archerstown and Crowenstown, will not be affected.

The night time restrictions are essential to ensure homes and businesses have sufficient supply during the daytime, said Irish Water in a statement this evening.

Customers registered as vulnerable on this supply are being contacted.

With a high-temperature weather advisory issued across the country, Irish Water is continuing to urge the public to conserve water to ensure a consistent supply for all.

Irish Water is continuing to see significant levels of domestic and commercial demand for water as temperatures remain high and the public are asked to take some simple measures to conserve water in their homes, businesses and on farms.

Irish Water has been carefully monitoring all of its raw water sources, that is the water from lakes, rivers, springs and ground sources that feed water treatment plants.

As rivers, lakes and groundwater levels reduce through the summer and autumn period, there is less water available for supply, while at the same time the warmer weather gives rise to increased water demands for domestic, agricultural and leisure uses.

John Gavin of Irish Water said: “While we should conserve water all year round, with the warm weather continuing and demand staying high we are appealing to Westmeath customers to conserve water for essential use only in the home, in the garden, at work and on the farm, especially over the coming weeks.

"By conserving water now, we can help protect supplies of water in areas that are in drought or at risk of drought as we move into late summer.

“There are lots of helpful tips for conserving water on but the key things are to leave the hose and the pressure washer in the shed; don’t use paddling pools; reuse household water for the garden; and take shorter showers.

"Safeguarding the supply of water is essential at this time when handwashing and hygiene is of critical importance. We are calling on everyone to play their part.”

Conserving water is something that we should be doing year round, not just when supplies come under pressure due to drought conditions and seasonal increases in demand. Small changes can have lasting results.

For example:

- Take a shorter shower and save up to 10 litres of water per minute

- Fix dripping taps or leaking toilets in your home

- When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the tap and save up to 6 litres of water per minute

- Save and reuse water collected from baths, showers, and hand basins in the garden

- Avoid using paddling pools

- In the garden use a rose head watering can instead of a hose and aim for the roots

- If you need to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose

- Report any leaks to Irish Water at 1800 278 278.

Water supply Restored for customers in Ballynacarrigy, Moyvore, Ballymore, Moyvoughley, Moate and Kilgawny, Rathconrath and surrounding areas

Irish Water has restored the water supply to Ballynacarrigy, Moyvore, Ballymore, Moyvoughley, Moate and Kilgawny, Rathconrath and surrounding areas following a series of bursts on watermains near Bunbrosna.

Crews were on site since Tuesday, working to repair the bursts that occurred one after the other, and full supply is restoring to all customers.

Alternative water supplies were provided at Moate Community School, Ballymore Church and Moyvore National School.

John Gavin of Irish Water said: “The repairs proved complex given the location and extent of the bursts - however, crews worked hard to successfully complete the repairs and restore the water supply to customers.

"We understand the inconvenience unplanned outages can have on customers and we appreciate your patience as we worked to return the water supply to homes and businesses as quickly as possible.”

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water receive direct communications for planned and unplanned outages lasting more than four hours.

Irish Water has thanked customers for their patience while its crews worked to repair the burst and restore normal supply.

Irish Water and Westmeath County Council regret any inconvenience caused.